Wall Street rallies, Aussie slips 0.7 percent

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Wall Street rallies, Aussie slips 0.7 percent

NEW YORK, New York -- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as Wall Street rallied to an abrupt end. The Down Jones only managed a small gain after clawing back significant losses earlier in the day.

Earnings are starting to show the strains caused by higher interest rates and fears of a recession.

Adam Sarhan, CEO of 50 Park Investments, told CNBC that if the company is bearish about its future, why should investors be bullish?

It's pretty much the message we're getting from the earnings season. At the close of trading Wednesday, the Nasdaq Composite was down 20.91 points or 0.18 percent at 11,313. The Standard and Poor's 500 fell by 0.73 of a point or 0.02 percent to 4,016, down 0.73 of a point. The Dow Jones industrials increased by 9.88 points or 0.03 percent to 33,743. The Australian dollar, the best performing currency of recent weeks, accelerated further on foreign exchange markets. The Aussie was trading at 0.7103 by the U.S. close Wednesday, a far cry from the unit's level of 0.62 cents a few weeks ago.

The euro was higher to reach 1.0911. The Canadian dollar was little changed at 1.3385. The New Zealand dollar was still in a tight range, but it was strong around 0.6480.

Overseas, UK and European stocks were softened, while Asian equity prices were mostly higher.

The TSE 100 dropped 0.16 percent in London. The German Dax was down 0.08 percent. The Paris-based CAC 40 fell by 0.09 percent.

The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was the best performer on Asian markets, rising 393.65 points or 1.82 percent to 22,044. The Singapore Straits Times Index surged 59.06 points or 1.79 percent to 3,352, up almost as much as the Singapore Straits Times Index did. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 95.82 points or 0.35 percent to 27,395. South Korea's Kospi Composite went up 33.31 points or 1.39 percent to 2,428, up 33.31 points or 1.39 percent. In New Zealand, where Chris Hipkins, 44, was sworn in as the country's 41st prime minister Wednesday, the S&P NZX 50 advanced 61.59 points or 0.52 percent to 11,994. The Australian All Ordinaries, going against the regional trend, fell 22.50 points or 0.29 percent to 7,688. Indonesia's Jakarta Composite was out of favor Wednesday, falling 30.92 points or 0.45 percent to 6,829.